A charge of impaired driving means operating a vehicle (including cars, trucks, boats, snowmobiles and off-road vehicles) while your ability to do so has been compromised by consuming alcohol, drugs or a combination of the two.
For fully licensed drivers across Canada, the maximum legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, or 0.08. Driving with BAC at or over 0.08 is a criminal offence with severe consequence and penalties which can include licence suspension, vehicle impoundment, fines, a criminal record, possible incarceration and much more including prohibiting entry into a foreign country having been charged with a criminal offense.
For young, novice and commercial vehicle drivers, there is a zero tolerance policy in effect, meaning that with the presence of any cannabis or alcohol in your system, and/or impairment by any substance that includes illegal drugs, prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications, you could face severe consequences. If you are impaired as a result of your consumption, you could face criminal charges also.
Beyond federal statutes, Ontario has its own specific provincial laws regarding driving under the influence (DUI) or impaired driving.
Lockyer Posner Craig – in Toronto and throughout Ontario – defends every kind of drinking and driving charge, including impaired driving, driving over the legal limit, and failing to provide breath samples at the roadside or at the police station. We have the experience to handle your case and achieve the best result. We also understand how stressful it is to face a drinking and driving charge.
We handle DUI charges across Ontario and are respected by judges and prosecutors throughout the Province. We have experience defending cases in Toronto, Brampton, Newmarket, Oshawa, Hamilton, Bradford, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Guelph, Kitchener, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Orangeville, London, Chatham, Windsor, Cobourg, Kingston, Ottawa, Pembroke, Brantford, Milton, Barrie, Orillia, North Bay, Thunder Bay and Timmins and throughout Ontario.
Let’s meet, in confidence, at our Toronto office to discuss your options today. Put your trust in the Lockyer Posner Craig criminal defence team of highly skilled and experienced DUI and impaired driving lawyers.